Third case of recent COVID-19 variant confirmed in Ottawa

A 3rd case of the brand new COVID-19 variant first found in the UK has been confirmed in Ottawa, provincial well being officers reported on Sunday.

The individual not too long ago travelled from the U.Okay., in keeping with the Ministry of Well being. Ottawa Public Well being has knowledgeable the person, who’s now in self-isolation, and case and phone administration is underway.

“This additional reinforces the necessity for Ontarians to remain dwelling as a lot as doable and proceed to comply with all public well being recommendation, together with the provincewide shutdown measures,” Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Ontario’s affiliate chief medical officer of well being, stated in a press release.

“That is additionally an essential reminder concerning the want for arriving worldwide travellers to take care of quarantine for 14 days.”

On Saturday, the first two cases of the brand new pressure of COVID-19 have been recognized as a pair from Durham Area. Officers initially stated that the 2 had no recognized journey historical past, publicity or high-risk contacts.

Nonetheless, the ministry confirmed on Sunday that the couple had been in touch with somebody who travelled from the U.Okay. – a chunk of data that the ministry famous was not offered to officers within the earlier interviews.

“It’s critically essential that people with confirmed instances of COVID-19 present all historical past of contacts and phone data to their public well being unit. That is essential to the prevention and management of this an infection,” the ministry stated.

The province continues to name on the federal authorities to companion with them and implement testing at Toronto Pearson Worldwide Airport.

There’s a journey ban on all flights arriving from the U.Okay. till Jan. 6.